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Foreign Ministers of Bahamas and Haiti Exchange Views at 47th OAS General Assembly, Cancun - Jun 22, 2017 - 12:45:54 PM

Bahamas Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Hon. Darren Henfield met with several counterpart Ministers on the margins of the 47th OAS General Assembly in Cancun, Mexico, June 20, 2017 and discussed, in particular, matters of security and economic development. 

Minister Henfield (right) and Haiti Foreign Minister Antonio Rodrigue are pictured at the Assembly, where they exchanged views on a range of issues including security, irregular migration and agriculture... 
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Works Minister Outlines Infrastructure Strategies in Budget Address - Jun 22, 2017 - 12:03:12 PM

The Minister of Works the Hon. Desmond underscored the importance of an “improved” infrastructure to a well-run economy and outlined ongoing infrastructure projects for New Providence and the Family Islands during his Budget Communication address in the House of Assembly, Monday, June 19.

“Very modest infrastructural maintenance in communities contributes to our overall well-being.  All of us should be concerned that public works expenditure (roads, sidewalks, bridges, docks, etc.) converges with personal expenditure (homes) to strike a balance for population good,” he said.

“We have many sidewalks around New Providence.  Good!  They facilitate the health of communities by providing a safe trek for pedestrian traffic out of the way of vehicular traffic...
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Minister Brent Symonette's Contribution to the Budget 2017/2018 - Jun 22, 2017 - 11:19:56 AM

2017/2018 Budget Contribution by The Hon. Brent Symonette Member of Parliament for The St.Anne’s Constituency and Minister Of Financial Services, Trade & Industry and Immigration House of Assembly 20th June, 2017:

Mr. Speaker,

It is my privilege to rise in this Honourable House to provide my contribution to this 2017/2018 Budget Debate as the representative for the great people of the Constituency of St. Anne’s.

MINISTRY OF FINANCIAL SERVICES, TRADE & INDUSTRY, HEAD 49 - In the Ministry of Financial Services, I am charged with the following responsibilities: the promotion of Financial Services Sector, International Trade, the Industries Encouragement Act, and the establishment of an International Commercial Arbitration Centre in The Bahamas...
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Former Administration Accused of “Channeling Money to Certain People” - Jun 21, 2017 - 5:33:59 PM

Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis, in his contribution to the Budget Debate, June 20, in the House of Assembly accused the former Progressive Liberal Party Administration of using Hurricane Matthew “as a way of channeling money to certain people.”

“Hurricane Matthew was a massive storm. It left destruction and devastation [across a number of islands]. It is absolutely unacceptable for public funds to be channeled to a select few in the aftermath of the Hurricane,” Prime Minister Minnis told House Members...
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Government Hosts Recreational Fisheries Workshop - Jun 21, 2017 - 1:41:58 PM

The Ministry of Agriculture & Fisheries opened a recreational fisheries workshop at BAIC headquarters, Wednesday comprising 30 experts from 12 Caribbean countries. It was the Sixth Meeting of joint Western Central Atlantic Fishery Commission (WECAFC), Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM), Organization for Fisheries and Aquaculture of Central America (OSPESCA), and Caribbean Fisheries Management Council of the USA (CFMC) Data Provision workshop.

Various organizations, such as the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the Nature Conservancy, and University of Miami joined the workshop, which over the duration of three days would give focus to national and regional recreational fisheries data and sustainable capacity building...

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Government Committed to Support of UWI School of Clinical Medicine and Research, Bahamas Campus - Jun 21, 2017 - 11:57:30 AM

Minister of Health Dr. the Hon. Duane Sands said the Government remains committed to its support of the University of the West Indies School of Clinical Medicine and Research (The Bahamas) programme, which includes provision per student of $13,400 of the $20,000 per annum tuition, along with a monthly stipend, and the subsidies of the salaries of the lecturers.

This translates to an investment of approximately $4 million per year.  The total number of doctors trained to date is 329 with 70 per cent being females and 30 per cent males, Dr. Sands said...
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BCA Board Calls on the Minister of Works - Jun 21, 2017 - 11:43:37 AM

On June 16, 2017, the Bahamian Contractors Association (BCA) paid a courtesy call on the new Minister of Works, the Honourable T. Desmond Bannister and members of his team.

Since 1958, the Bahamian Contractors Association has been widely considered the voice of the construction industry. The Association has made numerous contributions with its most notable achievement being the landmark, Contractors Bill which was recently passed in the House of Assembly.

Feedback from the Minister on the Contractors Bill was requested since the Bill was in the legislative process, given that it had been published in The Bahamas Government Gazette in December 2016.  BCA Chairman Leonard Sands stated...
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Democratic Governance against Corruption to be theme of Peru Summit of the Americas in 2018 - Jun 21, 2017 - 12:53:43 AM

The Eighth Summit of the Americas, which will be held in Lima, Peru, in April 2018, will have Democratic Governance against Corruption as its core theme, announced the Peruvian foreign minister, Ricardo Luna, at the forty-seventh regular session of the OAS General Assembly currently under way in Cancún, Mexico.

Luna made the announcement at the first ministerial meeting of the Summit Implementation Review Group (SIRG). The minister said that the preparations for the coming summit were an opportunity “to reflect on democratic governance and how it is impacted by corruption,” as well as “to evaluate concrete measures to combat impunity through regional cooperation...”
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Bahamas Ambassador Jackson Delivers CARICOM Statement - Jun 21, 2017 - 12:00:34 AM

H.E. Rhoda M. Jackson, Ambassador/Permanent Representative of The Bahamas to the United Nations, Geneva, on Tuesday, June 13, 2017, delivered the historic, inaugural statement of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) in the Human Rights Council since that body’s establishment in 2006.

At the initiative of the delegation of The Bahamas, the statement was drafted and delivered during the Annual Full Day Discussion on the Human Rights of Women, during a panel discussion convened under the theme of “Accelerating efforts to eliminate violence against women; engaging men and boys in preventing and responding to violence against women and girls...”
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GBPA: Local Businesses Ready to Embrace e-Commerce - Jun 20, 2017 - 11:50:58 PM

The question as to whether Grand Bahama businesses are ready to embrace e-Commerce was answered with a resounding yes on Thursday June 8th, when scores of Licensees and aspiring entrepreneurs attended the Business Innovation and e-Commerce Boot Camp. The 1-day event hosted by the Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA), and its Invest Grand Bahama Small Business Bureau (IGBSBB), brought together more

Reflecting on the event’s impact, Ian Rolle, President of GBPA said, “We were indeed impressed by the turnout of local businesses for this event. I believe it clearly demonstrates that the business community is ready to embrace the use of e-commerce.  And, although we are a small community, local merchants are quite capable of offering their goods and services within the global marketplace. Additionally, we sought to inspire new ideas...
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Managing Director of S.T.R.A.W. Inc. ™ Center for Young Women© Gives Presentation at Violence Prevention Regional Conference in Suriname - Jun 20, 2017 - 11:38:17 PM

Therena Cunningham, Managing Director of S.T.R.A.W. Inc.™ Center for Young Women© participated as a Guest Presenter in the recent Regional Conference hosted by the Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) held in Paramaribo, Suriname during the week of Sunday 11 June – Thursday 15 June 2017.

Since 2013, the Resistance and Prevention Program (RAPP) has been under implementation in Trinidad & Tobago, Bahamas and Suriname with the generous support of the United States State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs Bureau (INL) under the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI)...
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Bahamas wins new Business Aviation Award - Jun 20, 2017 - 11:34:53 PM

The Bahamas was presented the 2016 Caribbean Sapphire Pegasus Business Aviation Award for Outstanding Country Promotion, the first award of its kind for the region. The Sapphire Pegasus Award is a symbol of gratitude for the superb performance in an industry segment where mediocrity is unacceptable.

The award was introduced to the region during the Caribbean Aviation Meetup in St. Maarten, June 13-15. “Based on expert advice and the long record of outstanding performance, we decided that The Bahamas should be awarded for the excellent promotion of the Caribbean over a longer period of time in the business aviation industry,” said Antonia Lukacinova, founder of the Sapphire Pegasus Awards...
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PM says Former Administration Cost Country More Than $32M in Potential Insurance Payouts Due to ‘Stunning Incompetence’ - Jun 20, 2017 - 11:33:00 PM

The former Progressive Liberal Party Administration “cost the country” more than $32Million dollars in potential insurance payouts from Hurricane Matthew because of its “gross and stunning incompetence,” Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert Alexander Minnis told Parliament June 20, 2017.

Delivering his contribution to the 2017-2018 Budget Debate, the Prime Minister said not only did the former government appear to use Hurricane Matthew as a way of channeling money to certain people, but by not making the annual payment of $900,000 to the risk facility (Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility - CCRIF), the country failed to qualify for the payouts which could have been used in so many other areas...
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7th Annual West End Snapper Tournament & Festival - Jun 20, 2017 - 11:20:07 PM

On Saturday, June 17th, 2017, the community of West End came to life as the Ministry of Tourism hosted the 7th Annual West End Snapper Tournament & Festival on Bayshore Road, West End.

The Tournament, which commenced at 7:00am, unleashed excitement among anglers within the local and historic fishing community who took to the early morning seas for an eight hour fishing trip, all for the love of culture and snapper!

With West End being the hardest hit community on Grand Bahama last year during the passage of hurricane Matthew, Director for the Ministry of Tourism on Grand Bahama Island, Betty Bethel, said that “I’m very pleased to see how well the community has cleaned up...
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Prime Minister: Country Needs Stronger Families and Stronger Fathers - Jun 20, 2017 - 9:50:41 PM

Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis said the best way for The Bahamas to resolve its social ill challenges is to have more Godly role models to strengthen the Bahamian family.  In his short address at a Father’s Day Thanksgiving service at Calvary Temple, Grand Bahama, Prime Minister Minnis thanked the men who have made an invaluable contribution to the building of The Bahamas and called for more to be done to produce more positive role models.

“The Bahamas, like many nations, continues to face social challenges and yes, we need more police officers, we need more resources, we need more jobs and we need more education and training, but we also need stronger families and stronger fathers,” said Prime Minister Minnis...
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DPM says Government Values Natural Alliance Between U.S. and The Bahamas - Jun 20, 2017 - 8:09:56 PM

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Hon. K. Peter Turnquest said the Government of The Bahamas seeks cooperative security, social and economic advancement and a healthy Bahamian culture as all Governments should seek.  “And as such, we appreciate the United States Embassy as a longstanding partner to The Bahamas in these common interests between our countries,” added Minister Turnquest.

The Deputy Prime Minister’s remarks came during a brief ceremony aboard the USS Iwo Jima on Friday, June 16, 2017.

In welcoming the ship to Freeport Harbour, Minister Turnquest pointed out that in 2016 The Bahamas welcomed more than six million tourists to its shores, with 85 percent of that number hailing from the United States of America...
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OPM/NEMA Partner on Emergency Alert Pilot Programme - Jun 20, 2017 - 8:04:27 PM

The Office of the Prime Minister’s Economic Development and Planning Unit has been working closely with the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to launch an Emergency Alert Mass Notification Pilot Project.

The system will allow the Government to send out emergency messages to anyone located in a particular zone via email and text messaging and will allow residents to register for more routine alerts via email.

The Unit and NEMA are partnering with both the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) and Aliv on the Pilot Project. The 6-month Pilot Project will launch this July (2017). The Hurricane Season runs from June 1 to November 30...
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DPM Tells Champion Athletes to Stay Focused - Jun 20, 2017 - 7:29:50 PM

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Hon. K. Peter Turnquest, encouraged athletes to continue to remain focused during the GBSSAA/GBPSAA Awards Presentation 2017 on Friday, June 16.
The ceremony was held at the Tabernacle Baptist Christian Academy.

"It's always good to see young people doing good, positive things and what we see here today is certainly a manifestation of what our country has to offer and what our future looks like."  Minister Turnquest congratulated the students on their participation in athletics, academics and performing arts, which together, he said, makes a well rounded community...
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Prime Minister Minnis says Government is Committed to Reforming and Modernizing Healthcare Services - Jun 20, 2017 - 3:01:09 PM

The Minnis Administration is committed to the task of reforming and modernizing healthcare delivery in The Bahamas that protects the dignity, well-being and life of those in the care of public health services, Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert Alexander Minnis said Monday.

This included making provisions earlier Monday for medical students to receive funding in order to attend their orientations scheduled for the next morning, Tuesday, June 20, 2017...
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Social Services Minister Gives Summary of Ministry - Jun 20, 2017 - 2:29:42 PM

The Minister of Social Services and Urban Development the Hon. Lanisha Rolle provided an overview of the agencies that fall under her purview in her contribution to the ongoing Budget Debate in the House of Assembly, Thursday, June 15, 2017.

Minister Rolle outlined the ministries and services including the Ministry of Social Services proper, the Department of Social Services, the Department of Rehabilitative Services, the Department of Gender and Family Affairs, and the Department of Urban Development...

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